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       Title: Panforte
  Categories: Cookies, Nuts
       Yield: 24 servings
  
   1 1/4 c  Hazelnuts; toasted, halved
   1 1/4 c  Blanched almonds; toasted,
            -halved
     1/2 c  All-purpose flour
     1/2 c  Unsweetened cocoa powder
       1 ts Ground cinnamon
     1/2 ts Ground coriander; optional
     1/4 ts Ground allspice
     1/4 ts Ground nutmeg
       2 c  Dates or figs; snipped
     1/3 c  Red candied cherries;
            -chopped
       1 c  Granulated sugar
     1/2 c  Honey
  
   Recipe by: Woman’s Day, Cookies & Sweet Treats
        Preheat oven to 300 degrees; line two 8-inch round layer pans with
   foil and grease the foil.  Measure and set aside 1/2 cup each almonds and
   hazelnuts.  Combine the remaining nuts, the flour, cocoa, cinnamon,
   coriander, allspice and nutmeg in a large bowl; toss to mix, then stir in
   the dates and cherries.
       In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and honey to a boil over medium
   heat, stirring occasionally.  Boil for 2 to 3 minutes until a candy
   thermometer registers 234 to 240 degrees, or a small amount dropped into
   very cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the
   water.
    Stir into the flour mixture until well blended.  Scrape into the prepared
   pans and press firmly with wet fingertips.
    Sprinkle the reserved nuts over the tops.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or
   until bubbly and the tops look dry.  Cool completely in the pans on wire
   racks.  Lift the foil by the ends onto a cutting board. Peel off the foil;
   cut each into 12 wedges. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1
   month, or freeze.
  
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